What started out as a simple home improvement revealed structural issues with this Victorian/Edwardian period property in Lewisham, SE London. The masonry of the 2 storey bay window had become unstable and was being supported with a temporary prop. AWT were able to realign and reinforce the structure without the need to demolish and rebuild the brickwork.
AWT have designed and developed specialist realigning cramping equipment. This provides a stable framework that then allows careful use of hydraulic rams to realign the distorted brickwork. The brickwork arches, columns and masonry elements were returned to the level of the adjacent brickwork and joints were closed up again.
Custom made, stainless steel reinforcing restraints were introduced into the brickwork, leaving no visible support. This is an important consideration, especially for period properties.
AWT's specialist structural repair skills saved the ornate stucco rendered brickwork around the windows from being destroyed. AWT's attention to detail includes matching not only the colour but also the texture of the original mortar when repointing the disturbed areas. When the stucco render was painted the whole area looked as good as new.
AWT's structural repairs are quicker and more cost effective than using a general builder. AWT are able to get to the root cause of structural issues and provide a long term solution.